Want to Sound Silly?
I know it’s sort of a jerky thing to harp on, but “decimate” means destroy 10% of something.
Decimate doesn’t mean “obliterate” – That means to destroy everything.
Sadly, “decimate”‘s definition is being changed by its incorrect overused meaning for obliterate. I don’t like words to change meaning just because they’re used incorrectly too long.
A simple analysis of the word shows that it contains the prefix “dec” which is “10,” so changing “decimate” to mean the destruction of far more than 10% seems to be an unintentional admission to a lack of critical thinking skills.